Late last year, a new restaurant joined the army of new eateries that recently entered the downtown scene, bringing with it a unique dining experience that was much needed among hungry Detroiters.
Maru Sushi, a restaurant and grill with Michigan locations in Midland, East Lansing, Okemos, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, joined the small ring of other sushi restaurants in Detroit, adding their unique lineup of sushi rolls, sharing plates and cocktails. The restaurant is similar to local Asian-inspired eateries like Katoi and Chubby Duck.
Located in the Federal Building on Fort Street, Maru is anything but a typical city sushi shop, with a sleek metal and stone design accented by blends of wood and leather. Unique lighting fixtures, meant to resemble a fisherman’s net, dangle independently from the ceiling.
The 3,400-square-foot, 145-seat restaurant, designed by Detroit-based architecture firm Rossetti, who is located on the fourth floor of the Federal Reserve Building, explodes with modern and subtle décor. Wooden bar stools line the outside of the sushi bar, topped with a marble stone countertop shared with the sushi chefs behind the glass. Custom Japanese artwork dots the walls of the restaurant.
While this design is typical to most Maru locations, it also features décor unique to the D. According to the Maru website, the Detroit location includes a separate room built for meetings and small gatherings, a full cocktail and sushi bar and an old revolving door turned into a private booth.
The revolving door, now a four-seater, leather-clad booth, was part of the building’s original design. Located in the center of the room, it serves as a reminder of the building’s rich history and the fact that Detroit remains an every-changing and evolving city scene.
Unique to common sushi restaurants, Maru offers a wide range of options from traditional and specialty sushi rolls, sashimi and nigiri, hibachi grills, to small plates. Appetizers range from $5 – $16; sushi rolls from $8 – $19 and sushi platters from $11 – $30. Like most restaurants that set up shop in the city, Maru shops locally, when possible, using organic produce and wild caught fish when available.
Perhaps the most popular option, much to the delight of busy city dwellers and workers, is the “express lunch” option that offers a choice between miso soup or side salad and your choice of two rolls for $14. The offer is available Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and features favorites like a California roll and crunchy shrimp tempura.
However, the restaurant caters to more than just the lunch-crowd, with a long list of craft cocktails, whiskey, sake and gourmet soft drinks. Happy Hours are Monday – Friday 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and weekends noon – 4:00 p.m.
Maru Sushi is located at 160 W. Fort Street, inside the Federal Reserve Building. Hours are Monday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Friday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Saturday noon – 11:00 p.m. and Sunday noon – 8:00 p.m.
Be sure to follow the Detroit Maru Facebook page for up-to-date news and specials.